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Australia - Glossary Term

Reception Centre (1950s - 1990s)

From
1950s
To
1990s
Categories
Type of 'care'

A reception centre was an institution designed to provide short term 'care' for children before they were sent to a longer term placement (typically a foster Home). Children in reception centres often went through a process of 'classification' before being placed. The term came into use around the 1950s. Children would return to a reception centre after a foster care or institutional placement broke down.

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill